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Timberland Cadion XCR Boot

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2.50 / 5 (4 reviews)


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Nathan Moody
( atomick )

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Timberland Cadion XCR Boot on 12/10/2006 10:00:21 MST Report Post Print

Rating: 4 / 5

Timberland is not the first brand that comes to mind when one thinks of lightweight trekking footwear, but their recent aquisition of GoLite is starting to yield some interesting results. First was the Delerion Pro, and now comes the Cadion boot with GoreTex XCR.

Mentioned briefly in a recent BPL article and recommended to me by a Timberland employee, the Cadions are a chimera of materials: Supple leather tongue, a GoreTex XCR lining, and rubber edging between the Vibram soles and the Schoeller Keprotek upper. This combination adds up to a heavy-duty boot that weighs 2.25 pounds per pair.

The build is solid with good support and a stiff sole. These boots are also notable for being built around a narrow last, which impacts the width across the ankles, arch and the toebox. The tongue gusset goes all the way to the top of the boot to reject dirt and debris. The sidewalls of the upper are very thick and provide decent ankle support. The lacing system isn't a fast one but it's solid, using clamp-style hooks to keep things in place. The eyestay leather is angled across the toe so that it doesn't dig into the metatarsals, a nice design touch. The GoreTex XCR lining is sewn in almost like a bootie, covering every millimeter of the boot's interior and having almost no seams.

All this adds up to an incredibly light full-fledged boot for such an intense set of functionality. It is pretty solidly waterproof, even through the breathable Schoeller upper, for anything short of a river crossing.

But there's always room for improvement.

This is not a warm-weather shoe; its warmth is wonderful when you need it but in warmer climates it's overkill. The thick sidewalls are wonderful if you lace the boot loosely; lacing too tight creates both above-the-ankle rubbing and heel blisters on my size EURO 42/US 8.5 feet. The Vibram soles could use more aggressive backwards-facing lugs for downhill grip, and the instep and arch are not lugged, so watch out on those wet logs...

All in all, the Timberland Cadions fit my particular needs: hiking in Northern California's mild but wet winters, off-season trekking over talus and other terrain that can bruise feet in sneakers, and snowshoeing. It works wonders for such uses. For those who want to go light but still need or want the support (physical or mental) of boots over trailrunners, it's a solid choice. For warmer weather wet backpacking, a quick-drying trailrunner is still probably a superior option.

It also shows how every outdoor manufacturer, even Patagonia and The North Face, has one or two hidden gems that are highly technical and functional amongst the fashion-first chaff of the rest of their catalogs.

Price comparison from GearBuyer:
Timberland Boot - Men's priced at: $159.95 - $189.95
Timberland Cadion - Men's priced at: $69.99 - $155.00
Timberland Waterproof - Men's priced at: $119.99
John Christopher
( jcchristopher )
Incredible comfort, but falls apart on 04/03/2009 06:59:24 MDT Report Post Print

Rating: 2 / 5

I loved these boots. Unfortunately, I've been through three pairs of them and have given up. Lugs on the soles tear off easily and the lace locks on the sides are made of plastic and can break off. I also have two friends who've had the exact same problems.

David Erikson
( derikson@cox.net - M )
Short use/throw-aways on 04/08/2009 22:33:20 MDT Report Post Print

Rating: 2 / 5

Ditto to John Christopher's assessment. I had two pair; first I returned to Timberland when the sole of the forefoot area had torn off both boots after one week of trail use. They replaced them, same result started to occur after a one day climb (the trail) of Mt Whitney. They are light, supportive and very comfortable. Too bad they don't hold up; they can't be resoled.
David Erikson, Laguna Niguel CA

Price comparison from GearBuyer: Timberland Boot - Men's priced at: $159.95 - $189.95
Claire Moore
( claire.moore@tufts.edu )
Great fit but not durable on 08/03/2009 07:25:59 MDT Report Post Print

Rating: 2 / 5

I loved the fit of the Cadion Women's boots - they were the first boots I have ever had that never gave me blisters. However, part of the heel of the first pair broke off, and a lower lace hook on the second and third pair broke off. Timberland replaced the boots without question, but I will now return them asking for a refund.

Price comparison from GearBuyer:
Timberland Boot - Men's priced at: $159.95 - $189.95
Timberland Cadion - Men's priced at: $69.99 - $155.00

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